Friday, Sept. 6, 2:28 p.m. Update
National Weather Service forecasts for Hurrcane Dorian's affects on Person County proved to be spot on following the storm's arrival Thursday night.
According to its reported data, the Person County Airport recieved just over a quarter inch of rain from 1:55 p.m. Thursday until 1:55 a.m. Friday. NWS predictions had Person County getting a quarter inch of rain.
Person County Airport's highest reported wind gust was 29 miles per hour at 4:55 a.m. Friday. This was just under the NWS prediction of 30 miles per hour.
Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans said there were no storm-related power outages in Person County. as of Friday afternoon, Evans said Duke Energy was evaluating what resources it has to send east to help affected coastal areas.
Person County Department of Emergency Services Director Doug Young said there were no storm-related issues reported to him. He said the Person County public safety answering point was set up and planned to recieve and direct 911 calls from Pamlico County if its public safety answering point lost power.
Young said the system was set up Wednesday night but was never needed to be activated.
He said a light tower was sent to Tarboro Wednesday but he was unsure how it was currently being utilized.
Young also said Emergency Management was on standby to help staff a shelter in Durham County until the shelter closes but had not been needed.
This will serve as the final update to The Courier-Times' coverage of Hurricane Dorian.
At 3:18 p.m., the NWS Forecast Office in Raleigh tweeted out the rainfall estimates from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Roxboro is noted with only one hundreth of an inch of rain.
Elsewhere, Wilmington is the only North Carolina city with any major rainfall with just over 1.5 inches.
The Person County Airport listed the weather conditions at 3:15 p.m. on its page on the National Weather Service website.
The conditions listed northeast winds at 16 miles per hour and a 20 minute light drizzle lasting at 1:35 p.m.
At 12:28 p.m., the NWS Forecast Office in Raleigh tweeted out a YouTube video in which Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro talked through the office's 11:30 a.m. update.
Petro noted that there are not many changes from the earlier weather briefings.
Expected rainfall dropped slightly across the state with some minor drops in expected wind gusts.
The highest wind and rain totals will be east of I-95.
Perto said that the worst of the wind and rain will hit eastern North Carolina from midnight til the early morning hours. He said the storm will shift east in the morning hours and exit the state by early evening Friday.
The 15-minute video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIQUCZL7iSU.
At 11:54 a.m., the NWS Forecast Office in Raleigh tweeted it's 11 a.m. update.
According to the tweet, Hurricane Dorian is back to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour.
"We continue to expect the center of Dorian to skirt along the NC coast tonight into Friday morning as a Cat 2," the tweet read.
The tweet said that the hurricane is currently 50 miles east southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and 140 miles south southwest of Wilmington.
The hurricane is moving north northeast at 8 miles per hour.
The original story is below.
Person County has been placed under a hazardous weather outlook by the National Weather Service ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival in North Carolina.
“Hurricane Dorian is expected to affect the area this afternoon through Friday morning,” the NWS wrote Thursday. “Locally heavy rainfall may produce flooding in urban and low- lying spots and in areas of poor drainage. Gusty winds may blow around light outdoor objects and knock down tree branches, producing isolated power outages.”
The NWS Forecast Office in Raleigh wrote that tropical storm strength (40-60 mph) wind gusts will occur mainly east of the US-1 Corridor beginning Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.
The Raleigh office released maps projecting that Roxboro will experience maximum wind gusts of 30 miles per hour for the 72-hour period from Thursday to Sunday, but the southeast corner of Person County could see higher speeds.
A map with expected rainfall totals for the same time period shows Roxboro receiving about a quarter inch of rain.
The hurricane strengthened to a Category 3 (111-129 mph sustained winds) overnight.
As of 9:40 a.m. Thursday, the hurricane is off the coast of South Carolina according to NWS radar images. Dorian is expected to be off the North Carolina coast Thursday night and Friday morning according to projections from the NWS offices in Newport and Wilmington.
This article will be updated throughout the day to keep up with updates from the NWS Forecast Office in Raleigh.